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give-up

[ giv-uhp ]
/ ˈgɪvˌʌp /
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noun

something conceded or relinquished; concession: Labor has balked at any more give-ups in the contract talks.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a commission shared among two or more stockbrokers.
  2. a part of a commission that constitutes a single such share.

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Origin of give-up

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase give up
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British Dictionary definitions for give-up

give up

verb (adverb)

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Idioms and Phrases with give-up

give up

1

Surrender, as in The suspect gave himself up. [1100s]

2

Stop doing or performing something, as in They gave up the search, or She gave up smoking almost thirty years ago. [c. 1600]

3

Part with, relinquish, as in They gave up their New York apartment, or We gave up all hope of finding the lost tickets. [Mid-1500s]

4

Lose hope for, as in We had given you up as lost. [Late 1500s]

5

Admit defeat, as in I give up—what's the right answer? [c. 1600]

6

give up on. Abandon, lose one's faith in, as in I gave up on writing a novel, or She gave up on religion years ago. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s] Also see give oneself up to.

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